14/August/2018

Kilkenny Greyhound track is to receive a grant of €1 million from Bord na gCon (The Irish Greyhound Board).
The investment is included in the body’s five year strategic plan and was signed off on this week by the board and outgoing chairman of Bord na gCon, Phil Meaney from Carlow.
The Chairman of Kilkenny Greyhound Track, Mr Pat Loughlin, Gowran welcomed the news and said the investment was a major boost to the local economy and was a vote of confidence in the greyhound industry around the city and county and the track operators.
The Chairman of Kilkenny Agricultural Society, John Murphy, Kilmanagh said the society was looking forward to working constructively with the greyhound track committee on bringing the project to fruition and thanked all who worked on securing the funding.

The IGB claimed at subsequent appearances at the Public Accounts Committee that they had learned lessons from the failures of the Limerick Development and that these failures would not be repeated. It will be interesting to see the Kilkenny business appraisal that Ger Dollard is obliged to have completed when IGB attends the next PAC.
The outgoing Chairman justified closing Harolds Cross because of it’s close proximity to Shelbourne Park. The IGB have previously invested over 1 million in Clonmel, 45 minutes away from Kilkenny. The decision at the time appeared to have been politically motivated and Clonmel track is now on the verge of bankruptcy. The Kilkenny business appraisal done by Dollard will surely explain what the IGB will now do differently in Kilkenny to what they have previously done 45 minutes down the road in Clonmel.
Talking Dogs, the official mouth piece of the IGB, was unusually silent on this magnanimous payout to a privately owned facility.